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Inspirational Essex paralympian helps trust launch new values

11 March 2016


Southend University Hospital hosted a series of informative events as it unveiled its new values to staff with the help of inspirational Essex paralympian, Danny Crates. The new values are:  Care with compassion  Working together  Professional & accountable

The values were chosen by staff after a consultation period which invited all staff to share the standards and expectations they felt were important for the hospital over the coming months and years.

Danny Crates, Essex's Paralympic hero and one of the most successful British Paralympic athletes of recent times, gave an inspirational talk about the power of values and how his own values helped him achieve amazing feats against momentous odds. After his talk Danny visited several wards and departments to raise awareness of the new values. Danny's appearance was made possible thanks to sponsorship by UK Power Networks.

Speaking to staff from across all areas of the hospital, Danny said: "These values weren't set for you, they were chosen by you. You can either sit back or you can set new goals and ambitions, and that is what you have done and for me that is one of the key elements of being a success. Everyone needs a team round them to constantly evaluate what you are doing and I wish team Southend Hospital every success with their new values."

Chief executive Sue Hardy spoke about why the hospital's values are essential to the care and service provisions in the trust, as well as what they mean in day-to-day challenges.

This was followed by an interactive session with the executive team as they answered questions about what the values mean to them, and what they will do to help embed them into the everyday life of staff.

Sue said: "Care with compassion is our promise to patients that all day, every day, we will do our very best to ensure we deliver our vision: high quality care for every patient, every time. Our values express our ethos as an organisation (how we work together), setting out the fundamental standards and expectations we all have of each other."

The hospital's education centre was also packed with stands exploring the hospital's new values, as well as wellbeing and development opportunities and the benefits that all staff bring to Southend University Hospital. Staff were encouraged to take a Values Pledge to affirm their commitment to the trust's values-based culture.


Notes to editors

Who is Danny Crates?

Orsett born Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all-time and is not only a Paralympic icon but also world record holder.

After losing his right arm in a horrific accident at just 21-years-old, Danny moved into Paralympic sport and quickly began to dominate - famously winning gold in the men's 800 meters T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record.

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